The Michigan Surgical Innovation Prize Program seeks new collaborative opportunities with industry partners, investors, and philanthropic initiatives to grow the program and provide more resources and opportunities for great surgical innovations to be successful and move outside the university for real patient impact.
Interested groups or individuals who would like to partner with the Department of Surgery and the Michigan Surgical Innovation Prize to help us advance Michigan Surgical Innovations to the next level should contact Dr. Mark Cohen at 734-615-4741.
Participation and Eligibility
To be eligible for courses offered through the Michigan Surgical Innovation Prize, the submitter (PI or Co-PI) must be a member in good standing of the University of Michigan Department of Surgery and the innovation must address improving the care of surgical patients.
Collaborations between University of Michigan schools and other Michigan Medicine Departments is acceptable as long as a lead school is identified and IP position/split is well defined as part of the submission.
Technologies for the MSIA course must still address a solution to a surgical problem and advance the care of surgical patients. A Department of Surgery full-time faculty must be the PI or co-PI with a substantial role on the MSIA project.
How to Apply
Proposals must include an innovation technology that addresses a surgical disease or improves the care of surgical patients. Teams can be comprised of any disciplines; however, each team must designate their category at the time of submission.
Submissions will be in the form of an executive summary document for the innovation that includes:
- The value proposition
- Market analysis
- IP and regulatory path description
- Milestones for funding with deliverables
The next request for proposals for the next SIDAC course will be opened in August of 2019.
All completed applications will require 2 components to the submission merged as one PDF file:
- Completed Application Proposal with Signed Cover Page/Agreement from the PI or co-PIs to agree to the rules of the competition, including mandatory participation by finalists in the Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course (SIDAC) – running one afternoon monthly from January to July 2019 (in collaboration with the Fast Forward Medical Innovation group)]; participation in the Surgical Innovation Prize Shark Tank Competition Event in August 2019.
- Biosketches (NIH format, 5 page limit each) for each PI or Co-PI on the project.
Proposals should be submitted in the form of an executive summary of the technology/innovation (see proposal template RFP document for how the proposal should be structured and what sections need to be included). All stages of innovations may apply.
The next request for proposals for the MSIA course will be opened in November of 2020.
All applications will be reviewed by the Surgical Innovation Prize Oversight Committee.
Give us a call at 734-615-4741 or email Dr. Mark Cohen for questions about our innovation courses or to join our email list to receive course updates.